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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Ostend day 2. Ypres and the Menin Gate

Very surprised that I didn’t have a sore head this morning. Went a bit OTT with the red wine seeing as how it was free. Dispensed by a hand pump instead of out of the bottle. Most strange but wow wouldn’t I like to adopt that method! On tap and as much as you like....lovely.
Before the coach arrived I walked to the beach a few yards from the hotel. With Thursday being a free day, cant wait to dip my toes in the sea. 

The Dancers

Off  to Ypres to see the Menin Gate . Unfortunately due to extensive road works all around Ypres another hour was added to the journey as our coach driver tried almost in vain to get to the drop off point. So when we did eventually arrive in the square only 2 and a half hours were allocated for sightseeing. Still that was plenty of time to see most of what we wanted to see but not enough time to go round the Museum of Flanders. I suppose we will just have to make the effort to come back at some point in the future. Anyway loads of photos to show as usual and a few wildlife from yesterdays trip.

The reconstruction of the Cloth Hall


Partially rebuilt

And finished

Menin Gate

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This tap on one of the roundabouts. 


 And wildlife

Young pigeon literally dropped out of a tree right in front of us. No way of rescue as the walls were to high (yesterday)

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